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Serre Chevalier 2019 - 2020 and associated areas

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@Weathercam, looking at the other pic he sent, I think you are correct!
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Bien sûr Laughing
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getting very jealous and restless. Still 6 weeks to go.
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Snowing in the valley garden cam looking good, might well turn to rain later but should be good above 2,000m

Think I'll go and investigate Montgenevre in an hour or so
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@Weathercam, So the snow line is a good bit lower than some forecasts?
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@leggyblonde, it's actually really weird, my thermometer which I've just moved off the side of the house in case it's reading a degree more than actual due to some type of heat radiating out is reading +2.3 and we still have snow falling all be it wet.

A good test for my new pants and jacket, Outdoor Research with stretch goretex, better than sitting on my turbo in the garage Laughing
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@Weathercam, enjoy!
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@leggyblonde, mission accomplished Cool



Another 850m in the bag, more in the Montgenevre thread.
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More wet soggy snow falling at the moment.

Don't think I can be bothered to go out in this, and it's not due to clear till mid-afternoon, and now as days grow ever shorter, that means no sun in the valley from around 15:00 and for some a lot earlier than that.

Check it out on the cam

https://stylealtitude.com/serrechevalierweathercam.html
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Trouble is I can't really go more than two days without doing anything, and as the cyclists on here know who train on turbos in the winter, if there's an opportunity to be out doing stuff then that's way better than sitting on a trainer, that said I do know people who train more indoors than outside rolling eyes

The weather was light sleet again this morning gradually turning to rain, and cloud hanging around 1,900m, so not exactly motivating.

I decided on going out anyway if only to test the Goretex.

I drove up to take a look at Monetier and parked up next to the chair outside La Halte, not something you can do that often!



I carried the skis for 50m or so before starting skinning. Once near the Lauzieres chair circa 1,800m the snow was really good.

Made use of a chair at the top to transition Laughing

And the weather was way better than I expected.



From the chair had a really good ski down, and then once below 1,800 snow was a little interesting and more dips and gulleys, but I did manage to ski all the way back to the van Cool

That's ten sorties now, not bad for SnowVember, almost on a par with last year, but then I did have to go to Siberia Laughing

And NO, it's not bad light in the vid but me playing around with old film filters Very Happy


http://youtube.com/v/t-OroUx2L4E
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All though we have some great ski touring terrain very near to us, there's something kinda neat to go nearer to home.

Being the weekend we also wanted to avoid people as the forecast was for a bluebird day so the likes of the Lautaret could have been busy, that said I suspect that many today would opt for some of the resorts that have opened early.

Snow-canon were still going strong as we started our climb having driven up the Frejus track till as far as I dared, some of you will recognise where we were able to drive to Very Happy



We were lucky in that rat-tracks and snow-mobiles had bashed down a path for us.



We stopped to transition just above the Vallons lift as that gave Elaine her first 1,000m climb, then it was choose the best line.





Then once we'd skied the Vallons, we put the skins back on to climb up above Frejus village to give us a better descent in the woods, and that's the beauty of skiing in your back garden, you know the various options, though have to admit to enjoying skiing the trees so much that I missed where I was initially heading for rolling eyes

And the pillows in the forest were superb!




http://youtube.com/v/dtb-br3bAYM
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So as at 09:30 we have 13cm on the bird-table.

So hopefully we could see 30+ in the valley today.

No need to go up the hill today in this as the viz is dire.

You can check out the snow on the bird table (I've turned the panning off as you can't see anything across the valley), I've just cleared half of it off, so you can compare throughout the day if bored Laughing

https://stylealtitude.com/serrechevalierweathercam.html
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So a good 50cms so far and still snowing.

Temps have been +1 all day, so snow sticky and heavy to shovel, in fact, a first for me today in that the snow was so deep and heavy I could not get my van out as the chassis just grounded on the thick snow, I have been wondering about the depth of snow I could drive in Laughing

So a good hour shovelling trying to make a clear space around the van in anticipation of the snow-plough coming to clear the parking area below tomorrow morning.

And just testing the dogometer.



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Well Serre loving people, that was quite some snowfall, and hopefully, the valley should be set up nicely for the season now and the little matter of the forthcoming opening weekend.

Must have been a good 100cms of snow that actually fell, though due to it being quite heavy (wet) that compacted to around 70cm, will be way more up top as temps would have been well below zero unlike in the valley.

Cam is doing it's thing on the link below, and here's a pretty picture to brighten your day Cool

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@Weathercam, that most definitely puts a smile on my face. Happy
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Arrived at Pontillas car park circa 11:00 and the snow-plough had cleared the parking.

The wet heavy snow had been transformed by the snow-faires overnight into nigh on JapPow and leaving the apartment was more challenging than usual, for the dogs that is Laughing



We ski toured up around 330m and going was a lot slower than usual due to the depth of the snow.



When we arrived back into the car-park a couple of PGHM guys were leaving and were happy that I'd made a trail, but as I explained I'd be more than happy to use their's tomorrow which will probably be heading for the Cucumelle.

And this is the main road in Villeneuve !!



And today's vid with the dogs doing their thing.


http://youtube.com/v/B9TOVwNG-G4
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Bottom station of Cucumelle chairlift hit by avalanche: https://www.skipass.com/news/196280-une-avalanche-atteint-telesiege.html
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@Alastair Pink, Shocked
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"Hoping" to get it fixed for the Xmas hols..........
Monetier will be cut off from the rest of the resort until then Shocked


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@KenX, should make it nice and quiet then. You can always bus over, and maybe they'll open the track so you can ski back Toofy Grin ?
Shouldn't be too much of a problem if it is only closed for the first week, but after that, that new Eycahuda chairlift is not going to be earning its keep. I'd heard there had been an avalanche up there, but it may have been a different one. You think they'd have been on the case, it is a risky slope. Often slides across the path and down in spring.
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@Hells Bells, opening the return trail shouldn't be an issue, fixing/replacing the liftie's hut likewise (heli a new one in), hopefully nothing major on the mechanical side............
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@KenX, fingers crossed.
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Today's vid with @KenX, filming with the drone


http://youtube.com/v/WjL2jV4XoZw

Some truly crazy avalanche activity both natural and triggered.







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And another slide, this time at the top of the Telepherique in Chantemerle Shocked

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Lol. Pisteurs screwed up.
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Did you take that pic?
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Here you go something different for today.

This will give you a good idea of the level of snow in the valley, and you'll notice that the cross country track is open, though I was not actually firing on all cylinders today hence not being up the hill or out on the XC, I blame @KenX, Laughing


http://youtube.com/v/lRaftEg3TfE
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So the Grand Opening of the 2019 - 2020 season and parking up around 09:30 did not seem to bad, but the queues at the Frejus lift office were bonkers, that said because of the people waiting to buy their lift passes the actual queue for the Casse was not too bad.

One run off there down to Côte Chevalier playing in the trees and then back up on the Côte and then long traverse to play in the Rocher de l'Enfer bowl.

Then at the Clot Gauthier lift I'd had enough of people and put the skins on and climbed across to and then up the old piste next to the Crêtes drag and then along the drag.

I took it nice and easy and did some filming with the drone (skinning up), snow lower down on the terraces below Frejus was surprisingly good given how much sun we've had this week.

More of the same me thinks tomorrow Cool


http://youtube.com/v/NNN1GksiKno

Once back down all the parking was crazily mobbed with the usual French habit of squeezing into a non-existent parking space etc

Heard that it was very busy everywhere.

Have to say that they have blasted the hell out of any face that might have been suspect, so many massive releases everywhere!!!

Weather looking interesting again for next week, but too early to be sure.
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It seems good snow in the video! Quite a surprise, no?

I never understood why they closed all Cretes lifts/area... It's a good terrain.
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@AlTom, it is only the pistes from the old Balme chair that aren't there now. There were limited lifts open today, which is why Crete was closed I think.
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I hope not warming up too much?
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@AlTom, there's still really good snow to be found if you know where to look and are prepared to hike, skin-up etc.

We did two laps today of our little playground and I think @KenX, said the second climb was not even 20mins.

The area we are in is just off the Crêtes drag up from the Frejus gondola where indeed there was an old drag lift and various pistes, it was called the Teleski du Mal Parti, but I don't think that's what @AlTom, was referring to, but I did come across this below!!

https://www.remontees-mecaniques.net/bdd/reportage-tkd-du-mal-parti-poma-1534.html

That whole Frejus, Barre, Mea Clot sector is closed till next weekend, along with the Vallons and Clot Gauthier.

Video from today, using the drone at times.


http://youtube.com/v/Pw90laAU8q0

Not as busy today, seems the crowds really showed up yesterday, parking was not so manic and Chazelet terrace was not even half full at 12:30 even though the weather was glorious.
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